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Lydia M. Olson Library (https://library.nmu.edu). The library contains books and journals and provides access to numerous databases. Librarians offer personal guidance in the use of the online catalog, indexes, abstracts, reference sources, online databases and Internet sources. Students are encouraged to seek assistance in accessing and evaluating the many resources available. Library tours and instructional presentations are offered to help students become familiar with the library and information resources and to help them develop their research skills.


The Lydia M. Olson library is located on the second and third floors of the Harden Hall on the campus of Northern Michigan University ( Marquette, MI). If you wish to visit the library and need directions, please read the following information for Visitors of NMU.


Our mailing address is:

Olson Library
Northern Michigan University
1401 Presque Isle Avenue
Marquette, MI 49855-5376

Telephone: 906-227-2260
Fax: 906-227-1333
TDD: 906-227-1232

If you wish to contact the library electronically, please use the following email addresses:

Circulation Unit: CircStaff@nmu.edu
Reference Unit: Info@nmu.edu
Administrative Office: suswanso@nmu.edu

For further contact information, see our Staff Listing.


The Library contains books and journal, and provides access to numerous databases and tens of thousands of electronic journals and e-books. As a selective depository for U.S. and Michigan government publications, Olson Library houses government documents and a map collection. Textbooks and media supporting teacher education are housed in the Pre-K to 12 Collection. The library also has video recordings, sound recordings, and other media for faculty and student use. In addition, the Library houses and provides access to a broad collection of print, media, and electronic materials on the Holocaust, genocide, and human rights issues worldwide.


Library facilities include study areas, conference rooms, coin/card operated photocopy machines, microform scanners/printers, audiovisual and multimedia equipment, and facilities for making transparencies and laminations of learning aids. The Library is also wired for networked laptop computer use.


Normal Fall/Winter semester hours are:
Monday - Thursday: 7:30a.m. - 11:30p.m.
Friday: 7:30a.m. - 7:00p.m.
Saturday: 11:00a.m. - 7:00p.m.
Sunday: 12:00p.m. - 12:00a.m.

See the full-year listing for exceptions to these hours.

Library Hours
Mon: 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Tue: 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Wed: 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Thu: 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Fri: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sat: 12:00 noon - 8:00 p.m.
For exceptions and full year hours